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Souths move on from NRL referee debacle

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 23/04/2017 Matt Encarnacion

John Sutton of the Rabbitohs is tackled during the NRL match between the South Sydney Rabbitohs and the Brisbane Broncos on April 21. © Mark Kolbe/Getty Images John Sutton of the Rabbitohs is tackled during the NRL match between the South Sydney Rabbitohs and the Brisbane Broncos on April 21. South Sydney veteran John Sutton insists the Rabbitohs have moved on from the controversial refereeing decisions that cost his team a win against Brisbane on Friday.

The Rabbitohs were robbed of victory after NRL referees boss Tony Archer conceded the Broncos were incorrectly awarded a decisive try in the one-point loss.

Archer also admitted the bunker was unable to rule on Anthony Milford's knock-on seconds before his game-winning field goal due to a technicality.

The bunker is only allowed to rule on whether the shot goes through the posts and over the crossbar, and whether foul play is involved.

Rabbitohs coach Michael Maguire was livid with the on-field decisions, however Sutton said the players needed to move onto their next test against Manly on Friday.

"It doesn't really matter. We've got to put it behind us now, make sure we train hard this week and put in a better performance," Sutton said on Sunday.

Sutton also expressed his frustration at the likely loss of prop George Burgess, who is expected to accept a four-game ban for a shoulder charge on Milford.

The grade two charge comes three weeks into his return from a two-game ban for throwing an elbow in their win over Newcastle.

He also escaped a charge for a similar strike in last week's defeat to Canterbury.

"His runs in the game were very strong, but you can't shoulder charge and we'll just cop what he gets and move on," Sutton said.

"George has been going well for us. He's had a couple of brain snaps, but he's just going to have to spend some on the sideline, work hard and get back on the field."

In good news for the Rabbitohs, halfback Adam Reynolds is set to return from a one-game absence with a hip injury after going through a light jog on Sunday.

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